Welcome to my Blog!

My 127mm Mak-Cass during the 2017 solar eclipse.

Hello.  I am Paul.  Join me as I discuss my ongoing quest to understand the night sky.  Stargazing is a recently-rekindled hobby of mine, so here I log my ongoing learning about the Moon, Sun, planets, Milky Way Galaxy, and the universe beyond.

About Me

I live in the Midwest of the United States, near Chicago.  When not practicing astronomy, I work in Information Technology project management.  My education background went from Catholic schools, to the seminary, to computer engineering, and lastly business.  Other hobbies I have apart from astronomy are chess and golf.

Backyard Astronomy via Telescope, Binoculars, Sketching, and Astrophotography

I enjoy all forms of astronomy that I can do at my house.  This includes studying the sky to understand where everything is, from the planets to stars to constellations, as well as deep sky objects.  I use unaided observation, but also my binoculars and telescopes.  Occasionally I attempt to draw what I see, but mostly I take photographs with either my smartphone or DSLR camera.

Telescope Build

I built my own telescope from (almost) scratch – a 10-inch Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian mount.  Here I discuss the build, not so much as a step-by-step guide (there are several guides available on the Internet), but to offer my personal insights from and lessons learned on the process.